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Rodeo for Recreation April 21

A benefit for recreation in Asbury Park is scheduled for Thurs., April 21 at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. The event, called Rodeo for Recreation, begins at 6 p.m. with an open bar until 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $75 and include a buffet, one hour open bar and live entertainment by After the Reign and the Lakehouse Kids. Deadline for reserving tickets is Mon., April 18. To reserve call Leessha at 732-502-5759 or  Cassandra at 732-502-5755.

Bradley Beach Discusses Summer Events, Projects

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Tourism Director for Bradley Beach, Nicole Kienelen, owner of Paws and Anchor on Main Street, presented an update from the Tourism Committee to the Borough Council this week which included estabishing a new website. Kienelen said she had done some research, asking people how they know what’s going on in town. She found that there was no set location to update residents and visitors of events. In order to solve the problem of communication, Kienelen proposed that the tourism department construct a new website that would provide up to date information on events and an updated…

Police Officer Promoted in Bradley Beach, Past Fire Chief Honored

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach Mayor Gary Engelstad administered the Oath of Office to James Arnold who has served as a police officer for the past 14 years and was promoted to sergeant this week. Police Chief Leonard Guida said it was a “promotion well deserved.” “It feels like yesterday that I stood up at the same spot 14 years ago and I was being sworn in as a regular police officer,” Arnold said. “All those years ago I had an opportunity to go to the State Police and a lot of guys told me to stick around and…

In Ocean Grove: Parking Committee Recommends Some Meters

  By BONNIE GRAHAM The Parking Committee of the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association has recommended ways to alleviate the parking situation in the historic district which include metered parking along the east side of Ocean Avenue and on Broadway between Ocean and Central Avenues, a shuttle service from one of the Neptune schools and establshing a three-hour parking limit in the central business district between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. All the members of the committee live in Ocean Grove and spent many hours over the last several months putting together the recommendations. The committee also researched parking ordinances of…

Stars in City for Hall of Fame Ceremony

  The stars will be out in Asbury Park tonight (April 7) for the New Jersey Hall of Fame ceremony at the Paramount Theatre on the boardwalk. Twelve residents from our Garden State will be honored. They represent the arts, sports, public service, literature and enterprise. They are Kool and the Gang, Jon Stewart, Derek Jeter, Christine Rampone, Dick Vitale, James Fenimore Cooper, William Fox, Lewis Katz and Bernard Marcus, Jack H. Jacobs, Frank Lautenberg and Carla Harris. Hosting the evening will be Joe Piscopo, a 2013 Hall inductee. During last year’s event in the city Bruce Springsteen attended

Municipal Taxes Remain Stable in Bradley Beach

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Municipal taxes in Bradley Beach will remain stable under the budget introduced by the Borough Council last month. Borough Administrator Joyce Wilkins said although there was a slight increase in taxes, there was an increase in the total value of homes and property tax collected leaving a net zero increase for residents. The total budget increased to approximately $9.3 million in 2016 from $9.1 million in 2015. The total amount to be raised by taxes is $6,544,607. Wilkins said funds for improvements to Sylvan Lake were increased by $40,000 to $48,000 to allow for a…

$15 Million Sports Complex Ok’d in Tinton Falls

  By PETE WALTON A new $15 million sports complex planned in Tinton Falls will bring jobs, recreational opportunities, and new customers for local businesses. The borough Planning Board has approved a proposal by George Altirs, founder of the Capelli apparel brand, to build an indoor-outdoor sports facility off Wayside Road near Shafto Road. The project will include an indoor soccer pitch and spectator area which will host events involving traveling youth and professional teams throughout the year. “There will be tournaments all winter,” said Mayor Gerald M. Turning at this week’s Borough Council meeting. “Our hotels and restaurants will…

City Church Welcomes New Pastor

  Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park will host a ceremony to welcome its new pastor, Semaj Y. Vanzant Sr. He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and former pastor of Christ Experience Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has been at the Asbury Park church since Sun., Jan. 3. Two celebration services have been scheduled at Second Baptist Church and and the public is invited. The first one is Sun., April 17 at the 10 a.m. Worship Service. The guest preacher will be Rev. Dr. Johnnie Baylor of Judson Baptist Church, Carson, California. The actual Installation service will…

College Corner

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER It didn’t take Marajiah Bacon long to emerge as one of the nation’s top women’s basketball players. The Kean University 5-foot-3 freshman guard out of Neptune High School made the 2016 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division III All-America honorable mention team. She was the lone freshman selected among the 40 players recognized in both the first-team and honorable mention categories. She is the first Cougar named to the squad since the 2011-12 season. Bacon was recently named the D3hoops.com Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year as well as being named a second-team member of the…